Wednesday , 12 May 2021

Lorain County Public Health Issues Covid-19 Misinformation and False Product Information

Jason Carpenter of Lorain County Public Health Test Fraudulent Covid-19 Antidote

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, misinformation and fake news have circulated more quickly than ever. Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) advises residents to be cautious of health products and stories that seem too good to be true. Unfortunately, false claims and misinformation continue to circulate. A dangerous liquid is being sold locally — it is just one of many frauds on the Internet and shared in social circles.

The Latino community and immigrant community are being targeted to buy a fraudulent and unsafe liquid based on claims that it will prevent or cure COVID-19. El Centro and LCPH are working together to warn the Latino and immigrant communities of dangerous scams like this that claim to cure or prevent COVID-19.

“Products and home remedy mixtures that claim to cure or prevent COVID-19 are dangerous and a waste of money,” said Dave Covell, MPH, RS, health commissioner at LCPH.

Using a specialized instrument, LCPH tested the locally-sold mixture. It is a mixture of many dangerous chemicals, including chlorine bleach disinfectant. It is never safe to consume bleach and unknown and unidentified substances.

The safest way to prevent getting sick with COVID-19 is to get the vaccine.

“We want all people to get vaccinated,” added Covell, “We do not want immigration status to prevent people from getting the COVID-19 vaccine.”

LCPH staff member, Heather Justice, analyzing sample

Tips to identify false or misleading claims: 

  • Be suspicious of products that claim to treat a wide range of diseases.
  • Personal testimonials are no substitute for scientific evidence.
  • Few diseases or conditions can be treated quickly, so be suspicious of any therapy claimed as a quick fix.”
  • If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • “Miracle cures” that claim scientific breakthroughs or contain secret ingredients, are likely a hoax.

source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

A list of COVID-19 vaccine providers in Lorain County can be found at LorainCountyHealth.com/signup

For more information on how we make Lorain County’s health & safety our priorities, contact Lorain County Public Health at 440-322-6367 or visit LorainCountyHealth.com.

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